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Red Nights (1988)

The Story of a Idealistic Young man (Played by Chris Parker), who goes to Los Angeles to become an actor, but is disillusioned and jaded when the cold and realistic violent world of ... See full summary »


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Jeff Scheftel (additional scenes)


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Credited cast:
Chris Parker ... Randy
Brian Matthews ... David
Tom Badal Tom Badal ... Bruce
Patti Bauer Patti Bauer ... Betty
Jack Carter ... Uncle Solly
James Mayberry James Mayberry ... Jeff
William Smith ... Phillip (as William E. Smith)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Armstrong ... Stanley Kowalski
Joey Jupiter-Levin ... Reporter
Patrick McAleenan Patrick McAleenan ... Jeff's Victim (as Patrick Moore)
John P. Menese John P. Menese ... Religious Fanatic
Percy Phelps Percy Phelps ... Percy
Robert Phillips ... Police Captain
William Smith Jr. William Smith Jr. ... Man with Camera
R. Scott Williams R. Scott Williams ... Alan


The Story of a Idealistic Young man (Played by Chris Parker), who goes to Los Angeles to become an actor, but is disillusioned and jaded when the cold and realistic violent world of Hollywood shatters then explodes all around him. Written by Elaine Everett <kamnow@cybergate.com>

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12 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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Czerwone noce See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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29 March 2004 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Twenty-two year Randy Douglas (Christopher Parker) travels from New Hampshire to Hollywood to attain cinema stardom, and is met in the film capital by an old New England friend, David, who promptly introduces the artless youth to local night life, with which Randy seems only too eager to participate, although quickly becoming aware that fame as a movie star will be very difficult to achieve. This is, of course, a general theme utilized in countless motion pictures, but this production does not begin to satisfy fundamental requirements of continuity, instead developing into an exploitation affair, with virtually all shooting being done on and about Hollywood Boulevard as Randy is exposed to caricatures of Hollywood's common types, all depicted with jaundice in a work that lacks character development and motivation. The point that is apparently to be made is one offering irony, but the film is poorly scripted and directed with a result that insufficient sympathy or even interest is warranted for any of the characters, whose behaviour lack rationale and at times is ridiculous, as during a scene wherein police personnel engaged by a barricaded suspect situation allow untrained civilians to become directly involved. Scoring is provided in cookie cutter fashion by Tangerine Dream and the acting is, taken all in all, uninspired, although Tom Badal creates his part well as a narcotics dealer with whom Randy unwillingly becomes entangled; good work, also, is apparent from many of the crew in spite of a skimpy budget, but overmuch emphasis upon sleaze clearly lowers the worth of the picture.

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